Storefront’s gallery is first and foremost a center for the exchange of ideas, agendas, challenges, confrontations; it is a part of a larger infrastructure for dialogue about the role of art and design in the City and beyond. At the same time, one might argue that all storefront’s in the city possess that kind of cultural, economic and political power. They are often the nodes that localize the exchanges and interactions between individuals and communities, expose and facilitate patterns of behavior, commerce, and many of the frictions (and fictions?) of our day-to-day lives in the city. A storefront might be a place to practice religion or slaughter a chicken; a conduit for illicit trade or creative destruction. Storefronts are both wallpaper and newspaper.
VisionArc’s drawing hanging on the wall in Storefront for Art and Architecture seeks to communicate this complexity and this vibrancy by subsuming the presence of the gallery proper into the larger matrix of associations, events, spectacles, and mysteries emanating from this 1-story landscape. The news clippings, headlines, and stories are all culled from New York City’s circulars and tabloids and are each presented as snapshots of a moment where a storefront became a stage. In so doing we are giving a nod to the contribution of Storefront makes to the critical and creative landscape of New York City while paying equal tribute to the (sometimes unexpected) role that our less rarified storefronts play in the ever evolving shape of the curious life of our city.
Landon Brown is the Director of VisionArc, a strategic design practice founded in New York City in 2009. Through social and environmental initiatives, his work locates opportunities for design where systemic challenges call for new modes of communication and cooperation. VisionArc's recent work includes collaboration with the World Economic Forum on the development of an energy monitoring and conservation tool used in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. His recent research into urban resources and micro-communities has led to lectures and workshops for the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, Aalto University in Helsinki and The Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge. Brown has previously practiced professionally with leading architecture and design offices in New York, Cambridge, Barcelona and Rotterdam. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2008.
The summer benefit architecture drawing auction includes work newly commissioned by Storefront for Art & Architecture for the Aesthetic/Anasthetic exhibition on display until July 28, 2012. Each drawing depicts the Storefront Gallery space at 97 Kenmare, from the perspectives of a diverse group of emerging and established architects worldwide. The drawings reveal a different aspect of the space and are representative of the generative properties of the architect's drawing. All proceeds will support Storefront's exhibitions and programs.
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